The Easter Bunny sorts through the baskets to find one that is age appropriate. Photo by Noe Magaña.


Hollister Community Outreach distributes Easter baskets

The faith-based, nonprofit also distributed the food and Easter baskets in apartment complexes.

San Benito High School. Photo by John Chadwell.

Education / Schools

San Benito High School set to reopen April 19

Students returning to campus on hybrid schedule.

HFD Battalion Chief Charlie Bedolla speaking with Hollister Mayor Ignacio Velazquez at the site of an early morning fire on April 2. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Police / Fire

Early morning fire damages homeless camps, communication lines

Cause is under investigation; damage assessment needed for San Juan Road bridge.

Courtney Evans (center) and her supporters outside San Benito County Superior Court on March 30, 2021. Photo by Noe Magaña.


Judge issues bench warrant for resident who refused to wear mask

This is the third time Courtney Evans attempted to attend her court hearing in person without a mask.

Railroad lights near the corner of San Benito and First streets. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Police / Fire

HPD arrests woman for climbing railroad crossing lights

49-year-old also had two outstanding warrants for her arrest.

Seal courtesy of San Benito County Sheriff's Office.

Police / Fire

Dead body found in tent behind QuickStop

Cause of death is pending autopsy; San Benito Sheriff’s Office does not suspect foul play.

Motorists on a portion of Union Road near Southside Road that was resurfaced with Measure G funds. Photo by Noe Magaña.


Measure G funds on track to meet first projection

COG began collecting funds six months before the pandemic.

Pinnacle Healthcare in Hollister. Photo by Noe Magaña.


COVID-19 vaccine providers answer claims of charging admin fees

Recipients cannot be charged directly, but providers can seek reimbursement from health insurance or Medicare and Medicaid.

Superior Court of San Benito County on Fourth Street in Hollister. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

Court blocks attempt to stop rezoning of Hwy 129 node

Judge Omar Rodriguez says PORC could have collected signatures for a referendum but chose to not do so.

San Benito County Administration Building. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

Supervisors give Strada Verde developer green light for project application

There’s no deadline for delivering the new proposal.

Economic summit visitors attend high-speed rail construction tour in Central Valley. Photo courtesy of California High-Speed Rail Authority.


Mobility Partnership receives update on high-speed rail

Route planned to pass near Highway 152 and San Felipe Road, but there will be no station in San Benito County.

Director of Special Education Gwen Baquiran. Photo courtesy of Hollister School District.

Education / Schools

State closes HSD’s ‘critical incident review’

Hollister School District corrected about 25 noncompliances in its special education department.

Luck Park in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Housing / Land Use

SJB residents respond to design options for Luck Park

Proposed features include stage, play areas and a walking path.

Photo courtesy of Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital.


How and where to get COVID-19 vaccinations

A roundup of providers offering inoculations inside and outside San Benito County.

Taco Bell on San Felipe Road. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

Taco Bell project delayed over offsite improvement concerns

To meet city requirements, applicant must also create more parking spots.